Crosswinds Newsletter

February 21, 2024 - Volume 709

A Word from the Youth Pastor

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

- 1 Timothy 4:12

Our students just returned from the Revive Winter Retreat this weekend and WOW, WHAT A WEEKEND! The Lord worked in the hearts of our students and inspired them to come back and be game-changers in their communities.

We discussed the importance of spiritual gifts and how God has blessed all believers with a gift that can be used to further His kingdom. Students felt the presence of God this weekend through worship, speakers and small groups. The Lord spoke truth into our students' hearts with several making the decision to follow Jesus!

Overall, it was a fantastic, spirit-filled weekend. We are so excited to watch our students come back and use their gifts to further the Kingdom of heaven! You can check out pictures from this weekend on our social media sites by clicking here.

Josh Snodgrass

Youth Pastor

Tonight at FMC

Our Wednesday Night activities return tonight! However, YOUTH GROUP (6th-12th grade) will be meeting at Cedar Hill Roller Rink (details below).

Dinner is $8 per person - 18 and under eat free. Cash or a check may be placed in the box at the front of the serving line. Venmo is also available. Tonight's meal is Jimmy John's Boxed Lunches!

Youth Group Meets Off Campus

TONIGHT, February 21

YOUTH will not be meeting at the church tonight, so please have students come straight to the roller rink! We will be providing pizza for students; however, the venue has asked that we purchase any drinks through their concessions. So please bring money for drinks that aren't water. Do not hesitate to email Josh if you have any questions!

Discover Grace this Sunday!

This month we are DISCOVERING where we belong using the story of Jesus in the Temple in Luke 2:41-52. Jesus knew that just as He had been placed into a family and community here on earth, He belonged to Father God. We will have a tasting table, make scrolls and have some special guests to teach us new skills! Join us and invite your friends!

Discover Grace is a worship experience focused on opening our hearts and minds to discovering God's grace together. This is a new way of being church particularly for families, but open and welcoming for everyone. With Discover Grace, we are creating a community of all ages, centered on Christ, showing Christian hospitality--giving people a chance to express their creativity, to sit down together and eat a meal, and to have fun in the church!

Click here to sign up now

Last Day to Order Your Youth T-Shirt is TODAY!

$5 each

Click on FMC Youth T-Shirt Order Form

Eat for Missions

Next Wednesday

Next Wednesday, February 28, the Maui mission team will be hosting a fundraiser during mealtime from 5:30-6:15 PM! All proceeds and donations from the night will go towards our Maui Mission Team. Students will be helping in the kitchen, serving, and more. Come support our youth and our mission team as they try to raise money for their trip this summer! 

Community Outreach

Serve at Praise Hunt in the Park

Praise Hunt in the Park is our annual community outreach Easter celebration and egg hunt at Kimmel Park. The purpose of the event is to reach those we may not reach if it were held on our campus! Praise Hunt includes music, fun stations that share the gospel, and over 10,000 candy filled eggs! It is a unique opportunity to bless our community; but to bless the families, we need our church to serve. We have about 50 spots that are needed. Click here to sign up!!  Another way for you to serve is that you can bring candy for the eggs. Please, no chocolate or peanuts. If you have questions, please click here to email Keelee Allen. Thank you!

Springtime Cookie Class

Join us for springtime cookie class Wednesday, March 13! Participants will receive supplies and detailed instructions on how to decorate your sugar cookies. The cookie artist will teach decorating techniques as well as secrets of how to make them at home. Each student will finish four cookies to take home in a bakery box along with extra supplies, recipes, and tools for the art of decorating.

Please click here to register by March 10. The class fee is $25 per person and there is a 50 person limit for the class. Children 12 years and up are invited to participate.

You may prepay online, via Venmo, at the church office or by dropping a check into the offering plate. Payment MUST have a memo or note stating "Cookie Class". If you have any questions, please email Thank you!

Be a Reading Buddy


We have a special opportunity to reach beyond our walls and serve as Reading Buddies at JR Irvin Elementary school! Buddies will read to the children on Fridays at 9 AM for about 30 minutes. We will read to preschool, kindergarten or first graders depending on the number of volunteers we have each week. Midlothian ISD requires a background check for all volunteers, which will be provided after you register your interest. Please click here to email Missions to receive more information.

Click here for more information!

High School Seniors

Class of 2024

Senior Sunday is set for April 28th and we are excited to honor you, but we need your help! Please complete the senior information form by clicking here to submit senior info and drop 3-4 pictures, labeled with your name, into the Google folder linked when you click upload senior photos. Pictures should include at least one "senior" picture, a baby or childhood picture and whatever other photos you wish to use. Please have the photos labeled with your name. We need this information as soon as possible THIS WEEK. If you have any questions, please email Valerie Dick.

Senior Scholarship information will be coming out soon!

Bring the Light of Christ Into Worship

The lighting of candles in a worship service symbolizes Jesus’ presence with the worshipping community. We are seeking light bearers to assist with the lighting of the altar candles during the 11 AM traditional service. Adults, youth and children at least 8 years old are welcome! If interested, please click here for more information!

Thank You, Church

I'm in complete agreement with Brady. It's very hard to ask for and accept help. It's easy to ask for others but not for myself. Don and I are so thankful and appreciative of all you, my friends, have done for us as I recover from my incident. We appreciate your prayers, cards, meals, texts, thoughtfulness and concern. I never in my life dreamed I would be in such a situation, but here I am. I'm doing better, but have a long way to go. I have quite a serious injury on my head and I can't drive for 6 months. I'm not going anywhere until I get relieved from the doctors, both the PCP and neurologist. 

Again, Don and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and care we have received from our church family. I love my church.

Joy Price

Opportunities to Serve

Light Bearers: email Cindy Ryan

Wednesday Meal: email Andrea Newsom

Missions & Outreach: email Missions

Care Ministry: email Renee Sutton

Hospitality: email Valerie Dick

Prayer & Card Ministry: email Joy Price

Healing Stitches: email Patsy Stephens

Mark Your Calendars

Feb 21: DivorceCare

Feb 25: Discover Grace

Feb 28: Youth Missions Fundraiser Dinner

Mar 9: SAGA Trip

Mar 24: Palm Sunday, Praise Hunt in the Park

Mar 24-31: Holy Week

Mar 31: Easter Sunday

Apr 28: Senior Sunday

May 5: Confirmation Sunday

May 19: Pentecost Sunday

May 29: VBS Volunteer Training

Jun 9-13: VBS

Jun 15-21: High School Maui Mission Trip

See weekly information below for regularly occurring events.

Worship Together

February 25

"Take Courage"

Matthew 14:22-33

8:30 & 11 AM Traditional Worship

11 AM Contemporary Worship

FMC on Facebook LIVE

FMC on YouTube

Worship on FMC Website

We offer Nursery and Early Childhood Care (infant through pre-k) during our Sunday morning worship services, Sunday school, Wednesday nights and many events. 

WayPoint is a weekly devotional, written by our pastors to dig deeper into the current sermon/series. Click the links below to access digitally.

Waypoints on FMC Website

Waypoints Daily on Facebook

Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 AM - 4 PM and Friday 8 AM - 12 PM.

For non-emergencies, please contact church staff during office hours or send email.

Wednesday Activities

Join us Wednesdays as we study, sing, eat, worship and fellowship together! Wednesday Schedule

(SB denotes Sanctuary Building, FLC denote Family Life Center):

Pastor April’s Bible Study, 4:30-5:45, Sanctuary

Children's Choir, 5-5:45, SB 301

Wednesday Meal, 5:30-6:15, FLC

Men’s Bible Study, 6:30-7:30, FLC 108

Women's Bible Study, 6:30-7:30, moved to FLC 107

KidsClub, 6:30-7:30, SB Fellowship Hall, Nursery, 202 & 205

Adult Choir, 6:30-8, SB 301

Student Ministries, meeting at Cedar Hill Roller Rink on 2/21, 6-8

DivorceCare & DC4K, Starts 2/14/24, 6:30-8 PM, FLC 203 &201

Weekly & Monthly Gatherings

Sunday School Classes meet between worship services from 9:45-10:45 AM. Children's classes meet in the Sanctuary building. Youth and adult classes meet in the Family Life Center (FLC).

Children's Classes, Sanctuary Building

Youth Classes, FLC Youth Halls

Bill Theiss Fellowship Class, FLC 109

Adult Bible Class, FLC 110

Upper Room Class, FLC 201

Open Door Class, FLC 107

Servant's Hands, FLC 208

New Horizons Class, FLC 203

Awakening Class, FLC 204 & 205

All Thee Above, FLC 207

Men's Monday Night Bible Study, Mondays 7-8:30 PM, SB 302

Handbell Choir Mondays, 5:45-6:45 PM, SB 302

Discipleship Groups, contact the church office for information

Creation Kids Links:

Elementary Student's Remind

Early Childhood Remind

Stay connected in Creation Kids Children's Ministry! Follow us on our Facebook page, Creation Kids, and our Instagram page, @creationkidscmEmail Keelee Allen.

FMC Midlo Youth Links: 

Sign up for the Youth newsletter! Click FMC YOUTH for for our webpage. Follow us on our Youth Facebook page, FMC Midlo Youth and our Instagram, @fmcmidloyouth. For Remind 101 for Youth, text @midloyouth to the number 81010. Email Josh Snodgrass.

Prayer Requests

Please send your prayer request to Mary Beth or Joy. If you want to join our Prayer/Card Ministry group, send your request to Joy. Not everyone sends cards, but you can pray, thus Prayer/Card Ministry.

New Prayer Request:

Joy Price - Recovering from head injury

Continuous Prayer:

Karen Wilson, George & Dee Culps, Don Lish, John Lowe, Jan Prather, Boyce Whatley


ARMY - Matt Carroll, Tim Kruettner, Harold Barton, Josh Schenck, Austin Lockwood, Trey Ditto

NAVY - Matthew Price, Andrew Cantrell, Zachary Tucker, Thomas Shirley, Matthew Watford, Thomas Padgett

AIR FORCE - JD Culps, Andrew Miller 

MARINES - Josh Dunaway, Bradley Perez, Elizia Delapaa, Cash McAdoo



Derek Vance

Note : Please let Joy Price know if anyone on the list above should be removed.

Remember in Prayer:

Our world, our country, our community leaders, all our military troops and first responders around the world, our church, our pastors, the staff, church members, visitors, and Midlothian community

Thank You for Your Generosity

Thank you for your generosity! We continue to do great ministry as a church because of you and your faithfulness. You can give to the church's ministries in service, mailing in your financial gifts or clicking below to give online. Every gift helps us do great things for God's Kingdom!

Please note, if you write a check to the church, make sure checks are made out to FMC Midlothian or First Methodist Church of Midlothian. Please do not use the word United in the recipient line. Thank you!

Give Online

Church Staff

Senior Pastor: Brady Johnston

Executive Pastor: Dr. April Fehler

Youth Pastor: Josh Snodgrass

Children's Pastor: Keelee Allen

Director of Music Ministries (Traditional): Laurie Duke

Contemporary Worship Leader: Jason Westbrook

Administrative Assistant: Mary Beth Mayo

Finance Administrator: Barry Hornburg

Communications Director: Valerie Dick

A/V Director: Tyler Coherd

Facilities Director: Matt Sanders 

Hospitality: Dan Maresca

FMC Midlothian | 972-775-3993 |

Office Hours: M-Th: 8 AM - 4 PM, F: 8 AM - 12 PM

Pastors are available for non-emergencies M-Th during office hours

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